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Talking Working on your bike, what do you kneel on?

And you guys with your fancy schmancy bike lifts can just SHUT UP!!!

For the rest of us poor schmucks, I have a great recommendation. I bought this at a garage sale for a few bucks. You gotta love it!!!

Anything less would be . . . UNCIVILIZED!!!


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Wait until Grif sees this. Puts his rug to shame!!!

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And you guys with your fancy schmancy bike lifts can just SHUT UP!!!

For the rest of us poor schmucks, I have a great recommendation. I bought this at a garage sale for a few bucks. You gotta love it!!!

Anything less would be . . . UNCIVILIZED!!!


That ought to be fun to find small dropped screws, nuts, etc

I like it though.

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Plumbers ailment

When kneeling down you have to watch out for the plumbers problem
No not plumbers crack,
Stretching of the achilies tendon past normal, happens when you kneel with toes pointed forward, and knee on the ground, takes about 6 weeks to recover from. Can be very painful, to the point of not being able to walk.
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Thanks for the tip about the overstretching.

As for a surface to kneel on, I have been using a lid from one of those big plastic bins. I can sit on it, put tools on it, screws as they are removed, etc. And the lip around the outside keeps things from rolling away. Not near as nice as Joe's rug, though....

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That ought to be fun to find small dropped screws, nuts, etc
I was concerned about that too. As it turns out, the rug reduces bouncing and stops the objects almost immediately. And it has such a tight weeve that the screws or what-have-you are actually very easy to find.


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When kneeling down you have to watch out for the plumbers problem
No not plumbers crack,
Stretching of the achilies tendon past normal, happens when you kneel with toes pointed forward, and knee on the ground, takes about 6 weeks to recover from. Can be very painful, to the point of not being able to walk.
I guess I may be more accustomed to kneeling than the average 'Joe'. Comes with being such an idiot that I have to pray a lot. That, and the old man just likes hearing from His kids once-in-awhile.
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Working on your bike, what do you kneel on?
Any head nurse should be able to answer your question! Look for the one with knee pads!

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Now... to work on the bike I use 2 moving blankets folded just in half for added padding. I place one on each side along the bike so I can kneel down or even lie down when needed. There is no blanket under the bike so I can change the oil and not worry about small drippings.

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There is no blanket under the bike so I can change the oil and not worry about small drippings.
So how long have you have this issue with "small drippings on your blankets"?! And does Kathy know about this?!?!
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I bought some interlocking anti-fatigue floor mats at Harbor Freight, about $8 for a set of 4.

I put two on each side of the bike to make life easier on the knees.

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So how long have you have this issue with "small drippings on your blankets"?! And does Kathy know about this?!?!
The LT is a REALLY sexy bike you know... but still no match for Kathy!

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Nice rug, Joe (the one under the bike...).

Something I found to save my knees while building my house is Rollerblade knee pads. Can find them at most Goodwill type thrift stores for $3 or less. Got mine @ a Love INC resale shop for 50 cents, brand new in package. The outer shell is hard plastic which is good sometimes 'cause you can slide around but bad sometimes 'cause you slide around. Still much cheaper than the $30 they get for them @ the lumber yard and MUCH more comfortable than the floor or pavement.

I will try them working on the bike now, never thought about it before.
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I also have a piece of carpet that we pulled out of our house. It's really dirty and ugly but I sure do like it to park the bike on.

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There's a neighborhood midget I rent for $2 an hour...


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And you guys with your fancy schmancy bike lifts can just SHUT UP!!!

For the rest of us poor schmucks, I have a great recommendation. I bought this at a garage sale for a few bucks. You gotta love it!!!

Anything less would be . . . UNCIVILIZED!!!


Just be sure you are PC and point it towards Mecca!

I actually brought a prayer-type rug back from Saudi Arabia (eons ago) and have it in my home office. It reminds me of all of the freedoms we enjoy in the US of A!

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Joe,
Nice rug, the wierd thing is I have the same rug or damn close! I had to do a double take but any rug works and it is better than working on concrete.


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And you guys with your fancy schmancy bike lifts can just SHUT UP!!!

For the rest of us poor schmucks, I have a great recommendation. I bought this at a garage sale for a few bucks. You gotta love it!!!

Anything less would be . . . UNCIVILIZED!!!



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Just be sure you are PC and point it towards Mecca!
Bah! This one is facing North and South. Besides . . . I thought Jesus was everywhere last I checked.
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How long do you think it will take for the centerstand to wear a hole in the rug?
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Wouldn't it be a kick in the gulliver to find out it's worth more'n the bike

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what do I kneel on?

There's a neighborhood midget I rent for $2 an hour...


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How long do you think it will take for the centerstand to wear a hole in the rug?
Umm . . . who cares? No really, it's not like it's a nice rug. It cost me $3, IIRC.


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Depends how hard you throw him!
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Hey Joe....Here's what I use!!!!! HA! HA! HA!!

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Shouldn't you be giving more money to Jesus?!?!?!
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I just hope the bike doesn't get religion and starts to kneel down.

In answer to your original question, I've tried foam pads, blankets, etc., but the best I've found is Huskey CLC Pro Comfort knee pads. I've had other knee pads, but either cracked the plastic or developed sore spots on the back of my knees from chafing. And to save time on my knees I combine my work time on the bike with praying (in the sense of Salinger's question, "So, then, what is a curse but a prayer?").

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Shouldn't you be giving more money to Jesus?!?!?!

I appreciate your kindness...and I mean that! I know you could have been much more abrasive! BUTT (as Dave would say)... the lift was a gift -- hey I rhymed!!! Anyway, you jealous guys can use it anytime your back or knees get too painful! And actually, when I have to lay on my back to view something, etc., I have one of those "expensive" prayer rugs like yours!

Eat your heart out!

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GEEWHIZ: I usually use my knees to kneel!!

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